It’s no secret that Donna Karan likes to dress in all black. Sheconsiders it a mandatory color in New York, the city that, in some formor another, always informs DKNY. She made a strong case for black onceagain with her fall collection, which Karan called “Poetic Rebellion,”with the Beat Generation — Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kerouac — as her keyinspiration. The lineup of mostly black looks that followed, however,was less suited to a scruffy, smoky literary reading and more about asleek, upscale city experience, from a belted down parka teamed with acharming peplum skirt to a mock-turtleneck sweater with an embossedleather skirt to the several constructed evening dresses. Outerwear was astrong point, particularly when she added touches of color, including abelted deep red shearling with embossed leather sleeves.

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